Its name is clever wordplay, to say the least, and rightly so. The Light House Boutique Suites might be far from the ocean and not an actual lighthouse, but it stands as proud as one in Paarl’s Lille Street.
Previously the family home of Annette Hertzog, it now boasts a space where guests can be pampered and spoiled while appreciating the Paarl valley’s charm. The Light House prides itself in being part of the 3rd oldest towns in South Africa’s magnificent character – a base from where guests get to enjoy famous winelands, intriguing architecture and historic interests. Paarl dates back to 1657 and the town and its Oak tree lined streets boasts wonderful experiences for visitors.
This includes the Afrikaans Language Monument and Museum, Butterfly World (the largest butterfly sanctuary in Africa) and the Heritage Trail with its unique architectural details. Of course, the area also prides itself in having some of the best wine farms too. General Manager, Darrol, suggests wine farms like Avondale, Druk-My-Niet, Black Pearl and Mellasat. The breathtaking gardens of Babylonstoren is also close by.
The Light House’s suites are all uniquely decorated. The Afro-Chic suite resembles Africa with animal print and subtle splashes of colour and has a view of Paarl rock. The Hamptons suite has a view over the lovely garden and the Drakenstein mountains with a calming atmosphere inspired by New York’s Long Island fashionable holiday spot. The honeymoon suite is called the Bedford Manor and flaunts its classic Cape Dutch home interior effortlessly. It exudes a romantic, timeless elegance with a brilliant view of the terraced garden and a mountain backdrop. The Manhattan Suite has an urban feel to it with an Art Deco design and uncomplicated lines and the Mayfair Suite is inspired by the early Georgian era with its antique furnishings and silver giving it an exclusive and glamourous feel.
The Light House Boutique Suites is more home than house. It is comfortable and homely, yet luxurious and glamourous. Its interior is the epitome of elegance, with furniture and fixtures that bring balance with colours and textures. The in-house library makes me-time so much more intriguing and having tea time at The Light House is an experience of its own calibre.
The culinary experience is also rather special, with the elegant dining room’s wooden floors and its garden views adding to the atmosphere. It encourages the enjoyment of the finer things in life – not only at the destination, but also in the surrounding area. From its large swimming pool and sun terrace to golfing at the nearby Pearl Valley Golf Estate and the Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer.
Surrounded by some of the Cape’s finest vineyards and Paarl’s best architectural treasures, The Light House might be one of the best located accommodation options in the area.
Written by: Renate Engelbrecht